Roger Federer, Martina Hingis to play mixed doubles in Rio: Reports

  • AFP, Geneva
  • Updated: Dec 07, 2015 09:54 IST
A combination photo of Roger Federer and Martina Hingis. (Agencies)

Roger Federer is expected to team up with Martina Hingis to play mixed doubles for Switzerland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Le Matin Dimanche newspaper reported, revealing what the paper called a “Dream Team”.

There had been widespread speculation that the two Swiss stars would team up.

Hingis had reportedly made the offer to play with Federer and was waiting for a response from the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles.

“Federer will play with Hingis. It’s decided,” Le Matin Dimanche said in a report that listed the composition of the Swiss “probable teams” for Rio.

Federer had reportedly promised to declare his openness to the prospective Hingis pairing by the end of the year. Federer is also set to play men’s doubles with Stan Wawrinka, the current world number four, with 11 ATP titles to his name, the paper reported.

Swiss Davis Cup captain Severin Luthi, who will also lead the country’s tennis squad in Rio, was quoted by the paper saying the goal for the 2016 summer games was “to win all the gold medals”.

“Why not?... We can always dream,” he said.

Hingis will play women’s doubles with Belinda Bencic, a rising star who cracked the women’s tour in 2011 and has already claimed more than $2 million in career earnings.

Rising Swiss player Belinda Bencic is mentored by Martina Hingis. (AFP Photo)

Bencic will also play mixed doubles with Wawrinka, according to the report.

Stan Wawrinka and Belinda Bencic could be the second team Switzerland fields in the mixed doubles. (AP Photo)

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